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General sports discussion => AFL => Collingwood => Topic started by: nas on March 15, 2017, 05:37:39 PM

Title: Rookie Upgrades 2017
Post by: nas on March 15, 2017, 05:37:39 PM
Henry Schade and Mason Cox

COLLINGWOOD has promoted rookies Henry Schade and Mason Cox to its senior list ahead of its opening round clash against the Western Bulldogs.

Former Gold Coast defender Schade, 23, has mounted his case for round one selection, after vying with ex-Demon Lynden Dunn, based on his consistent performances across the pre-season series.

Schade, who was delisted after playing 20 games in five seasons with Gold Coast, was a solid contributor in all three JLT Community Series games.

The Magpies selected the 197cm key defender with pick No.24 in last year's Rookie Draft and already that investment appears to be paying off.

Schade positions himself well in marking contests and takes a proactive approach to defending within the Magpies' backline structure – two qualities the club values highly.

Cox, the American-born ruckman, kicked 17 goals from 11 matches in 2016 as he established himself as a key member of the Magpies' side.

The 25-year-old kicked four goals in three JLT Series matches proving to be a dangerous target up forward, especially when utilising his 211cm frame in marking contests, and a valuable complement to Brodie Grundy in the ruck.